Hearing Examiner

The Douglas County Hearing Examiner is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to conduct public hearings and render decisions on a wide range of land use permits. The hearing examiner process ensures and expands the principles of fairness and due process in public hearings.


The Hearing Examiner conducts public hearings to receive comments on the merits of proposals for:

  • Appeals of administrative interpretations
  • Conditional uses
  • Major subdivisions
  • Planned developments
  • Shoreline permits
  • Variances

Hearing Examiner Decisions

The Hearing Examiner considers the testimony presented during public hearings, other written testimony, and materials on file to formulate a decision. For most matters, the decision of the Hearing Examiner is final and conclusive unless appealed to Superior Court.


Further information on the Hearing Examiner process can be obtained in Chapter 2.13 and Title 14 of the Douglas County Code. Correspondence and comments for the Hearing Examiner can be sent to:

Douglas County Hearing Examiner
Pubic Services Building
140 19th Street NW, Suite A
East Wenatchee, WA 98802-4191

Annual Report

DC Hearing Annual Report 2021

Public Hearings & Agendas

Access public hearings and agendas.